IDE oddities (was Re: Error Messages Are Evil)

Mike Kerner MikeKerner at
Thu May 15 11:10:44 EDT 2014

Try resizing something, or using the alignment tools.

I just ran into this, again, this week, when I was trying to fix a vertical
line.  The line is too short, so I changed the length.  The line
lengthened, UPWARD.  So I then changed the top of the line, thinking that
would help me except the bottom stayed and thus the line was shorter,
again, but I missed that the "resize" checkbox was unchecked - because, if
you don't have "resize" checked, then when you change a coordinate of an
object, it just moves the object.

What's even weirder about that is that normally, now, when I create a line,
if I resize it I get the even more bizarre behavior of having the line
lengthen in BOTH directions with the center fixed, which is generally
followed by my shaking my monitor and screaming at it.

Now, go try to use the equalize/align/distribute tools.  Throw three or
four objects on a card and use them.

Is this also where I get to remind everyone about LC's bigotry toward
items?  You know, because ",,a" is three items, but "a,," and ",a," only
counts as two?

On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM, Devin Asay <devin_asay at> wrote:

> Thanks for the responses folks. Keep them coming, and I'll post a summary.
> Here's another one of mine:
> Names of blendLevel inks: Whaaa? What do those things even mean?
> Devin
> Devin Asay
> Office of Digital Humanities
> Brigham Young University
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